October 6th is National Noodle Day, which gives me a great excuse to share my favorite recipe for the king of comfort food: Macaroni and Cheese. And I may just share another version next July 14th, which has been designated as National Macaroni and Cheese Day!

President Thomas Jefferson is given credit for bringing this favorite to our country when he brought a pasta machine back from a trip to Italy. Historians say that his daughter Mary Randolph created the dish. There are now versions to please every palate, served everywhere from the cozy home kitchen to the most upscale of restaurants. I’ve tried dozens and tend to like most all of them, but here is my favorite recipe for this gooey, cheesy favorite served as a main course.

I’ve included a few recipes below to round out the menu.

Tell Me: What’s your favorite way to prepare macaroni and cheese?